|DRC Climate Smart Agriculture Policy Scoping Study Validation Workshop
|13 June 2014
Overview of the Validation Workshop
On June 13, 2014, the Center of Dialogue for Legal and Institutional Reforms (CERJI) that is the FANRPAN NODE host institution organized a workshop to validate a study conducted in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on the implementation of the "Climate Smart Agriculture" (CSA). The study was funded by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF).
This study was conducted by the Dean of the Faculty of Agronomy of the University of Lubumbashi in the DRC (Professor Michel NGONGO). It was presented by Professor David BUGEME, Advisor to the Congolese Prime Minister, in the conference room of the Hotel Africana Palace, located in Kinshasa/Lingwala.
The validation of this study was made by more than thirty participants from the private sector, government, media, civil society, farmers, youth and researchers. One participant, Mr Talentus Mthunzi, represented the FANRPAN Regional Secretariat located in Pretoria, South Africa and provided technical and pedagogical support.
Key outputs from the Validation Workshop
After the presentation, deliberations and group work, participants made recommendations as follows:
- To the government:
- Regularly update the population with information relating to climate change. It is the purpose of this study. Effectively disseminate information involving community radios in particular which are the means of communication close to the people.
- Ensure the development of varieties that resist to the effects of climate change. It is mainly food crops.
- Technically assist small producers, to improve techniques for soil management, improve farmers' incomes and mitigate the effects of climate change.
- Implement more effectively the conventions on climate change ratified by the country and work in fulfilling its commitments with related projects.
- Rehabilitate the wildlife sector and flora sustainable especially for the good of future generations. Social and cultural development is concerned.
- Prevent and fight against desertification, deforestation. Rehabilitate, as such research centers and improve the functioning of universities.
- Conduct effective reforms in the water sector, particularly with regard to public and private companies working in this sector. There is a law on decentralization of water in pregnancy it is important to vote, to popularize and implement it.
- Adapt the law on basic principles of agriculture to the context and requirements already identified.
- To FANRPAN and other Technical partners
- Involve specialized organizations of civil society in the development of similar studies.
- Establish a mechanism for monitoring and evaluation of the study and support its ownership by stakeholders.
- Monitor the administrative and accounting transparency in funding for programs in the agricultural sector.
- Work with other existing programs and consider the results produced by other actors involved.
- To other stakeholders
- Commit to efforts made by the government and donors involved in the agricultural sector in the DRC.
- Commit to help disseminate information in their possession and to contribute to wider ownership of the content of the study and its recommendations.
- Strengthen their partnership in the NODE and other stakeholders in the agricultural sector.